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Housing is a cornerstone of individual, family and community well being. At the individual and family level, housing provides the foundation for health, security, stability and participation in society and the economy. At the community level, housing enables the growth of healthy, resilient citizens who can contribute to a thriving economy, environment, and society.
Yukon offers a quality of life that is the envy of many jurisdictions, but it is not immune to housing challenges. Much work remains to be done on the housing front before the territory can reach its full potential. The Housing Action Plan identifies what that work entails, how and when it might be undertaken, and who might be involved. Housing in Yukon – including the services that help people gain and maintain housing - is delivered through a highly interconnected system of government, non-government, and private sector entities. The resulting picture can appear complex, and with limited time and resources, organizations may struggle to connect beyond their specific program, mandate, or client group, instead operating in silos.
The Housing Action Plan for Yukon is a concerted effort to break down those silos and tap into the expertise and passion residing throughout the housing delivery system in Yukon. It draws on collaboration and inclusion as its key strengths. The Plan recognizes that no one organization has the expertise or capacity to meet the housing challenge alone; the scale and complexity of housing issues requires a coordinated, collective effort.
Throughout a planning process that spanned many months and involved over 50 organizations representing a broad range of interests across the territory, it was repeatedly emphasized: Yukoners need support at all points along the housing continuum, whether they are a homeless person needing a bed for the night or a young couple needing information to purchase a home they can afford. Stakeholders also emphasized that Yukoners need support to progress along the housing continuum as their individual circumstances permit.
The Housing Action Plan is not intended to serve as a prescriptive list of building projects to be undertaken at specific times. Instead, it creates a foundation of dialogue and collaboration from which the most strategic, suitable, and impactful options can be identified and jointly implemented. Structured around Yukon’s three housing system pillars – Housing with Services, Rental Housing, and Home Ownership – the Plan sets a course of realistic action designed to guide governments and stakeholders towards a shared vision of stable, healthy, housed
Yukoners in 2025.
A house is comprised of four walls and a roof, but it takes the relationships and shared experiences that occur within those four walls to make it a home. Similarly, the Housing Action Plan provides a framework, but it will require the ongoing involvement and commitment of all partners to realize its full potential. The Housing Action Plan: Ours to Build On.
Help people gain and maintain housing with services.
Increase access to adequate and affordable market and non-market rental housing and support for tenants and landlords.
Increase and diversify home ownership options.